I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Song of Solomon 5:1 NKJV
In the previous chapter the bride called to her beloved. Feelings of unworthiness did not keep her from surrendering completely to his love. He is the object of her desire. She wants to be the object of his desire. She invited him to come enjoy the fruits of his love.
The beloved came to his garden. He confirmed the intimacy of the relationship. He gathered his spices and enjoyed the delicacies of his garden. He was intoxicated and nourished by love. The marriage was consummated!
(To His Friends)
Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!
The bridegroom invited his friends to rejoice with him. He wanted them to bless his table with merriment. Solomon invited them to eat and drink to their hearts desire. A wedding feast without guests is no fun. You cannot have a wedding without a bride!
Jesus is a gentleman. He does not force Himself on us. He calls out to all who would come to Him. If we do not answer He woos us with His love. If we still do not respond Jesus will move heaven and earth to convince us of our need for Him.
When I was sixteen my grandfather invited me to a retreat. I went out of respect for him. I left wondering if God spoke to me. I knew Jesus was calling me. Somewhere deep in my soul I wanted to answer. I was not ready to let go of sin.
When I did surrender to Jesus my life became an amazing journey of wonder and discovery! One of my greatest discoveries is that Jesus wants to be my best friend!
Solomon referred to the Shulamite woman as, “my sister my spouse”. Jesus has many names for us. He calls us His beloved, His bride, He calls us His brothers and sisters. He calls us His sheep, His disciples, and many other names.
Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from my father I have made known to you.”
Jesus revealed the Father to us when He lived among us. He revealed the Father’s love at the cross. The Holy Spirit resides in our hearts to will and to do of the Father’s good pleasure. The bible tells us everything we need to know by faith.
Do not let unworthiness, sins, failures, or mistakes keep you from God’s love. You are His beloved. You are His bride. Do not miss the wedding. You will be the honored guest!
Jesus wants to be your best friend. Surrender completely to His love today!
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